The Japan Story
As an Alexander student and as a teacher, I’ve always been fascinated by the mental aspect of the Alexander Technique. Both in terms of the ideas themselves and the concept of conscious control. I’d have to say that I relied less on my hands than most A.T. teachers. That being said, I can’t think of a single lesson where I didn’t at some point incorporate some hands-on work as part of the dialog between me and the student. UNTIL I RETURNED FROM JAPAN.
In 2013, I was invited by Jeremy Chance to teach at his annual Spring workshop in the town of Gotemba, which is at the foot of Mt. Fuji. Inspired by the Summer workshops that Marjorie Barstow held in Nebraska in the 70s, 80s and 90s, The Gotemba workshop was a warm and wonderful remembrance of things past.
I got the chance to work with a wonderful bunch of Japanese teachers, trainees and “civilians” a small subset of which contacted me when I returned home expressing a desire to learn more about my approach to the Alexander work.
We started out by creating a Facebook group where they would ask questions that I would answer, but two things quickly became clear. 1 They were dead serious about learning how to actually teach the way I did and 2) that was not really possible with just a Facebook group.
I began developing this approach in earnest in 2013 when, after teaching a workshop in Japan, a group of teachers and trainees expressed interest in learning more about my approach to teaching. We created a Facebook group where I would answer questions, but it soon became clear that…
But it wasn’t until March of this year that necessity for and the value of a comprehensive approach to hands-free Alexander Technique teaching became apparent to our community at lar
In a way it makes total sense that I basically dismissed something that has since proven to be so important and, according to some, groundbreaking because at that time it simply didn’t fit in with my belief about what…
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